Deutsche Telekom May Sell T-Mobile USA to Sprint
Mar 8, 2011, 9:10 AM by Eric M. Zeman
According to sources cited by Bloomberg, Deutsche Telekom has discussed the idea of selling T-Mobile USA to Sprint in exchange for a stake in the new entity. Talks have been on-going, and Bloomberg's sources weren't sure if a deal would or wouldn't be reached, but Deutsche Telekom said "all options are open" and it would consider selling all or a part of T-Mobile USA. Sprint and T-Mobile USA, the country's third and fourth largest wireless network operators, respectively, have struggled against larger rivals AT&T and Verizon Wireless. By combining their resources and technologies, they might have a better chance of competing. No mention was made of how the companies would overcome the GSM/CDMA technology disconnect. T-Mobile USA, in particular, has continued to lose customers during its most recent quarters. Deutsche Telekom is said to want a 50% stake in a combined Sprint-T-Mobile business. Deutsche Telekom noted that if things don't work out with Sprint, it may buy or lease spectrum from Clearwire in order to improve its offerings. Sprint declined to comment on Bloomberg's story.
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So far there is NO truth in any of these RUMORS.
T-Mo was also supposed to do an IPO last year...
If Sprint buys T-Mobile I will qu...
If Sprint every buys T-Mobile...
The company is doing great, and is a significantly better company now than when I started in '06.
My pay has improved, even people who d...
2) T-Mobile lacks any growth strategy. Not having the iPhone has meant that AT&T has been eating their lunch. They've been mostly eating up the people who cannot afford to be on Verizon and AT&T (to be fair, they treat their lower-income customers better, but most people are on T-Mobile because the other networks are 'too expensive.')
3) Sprint's got no growth other than WiMax, which is a joke. WiMax rollout would've been great 18 months ago. Now it's battery-draining and ridiculously limited. And the fastest speeds I can pull in on my EVO Shift are still slower than what I get on my iPhone 4. But I don't dare turn on 4G unless I know I'm near an outlet. Fail.
2) Don't care about this one it is what it is.
3) Sprints biggest growth has been prepaid, not wimax so get your fac...
What are u basing this on? There are no Lte phones to compare to Sprint's 4g phones so how do you figure wimax is a loser tech. Wimax is a now tech which is why Sprint rolled it out in the first place they are th...
Oh HELL no!
* I have known sprint customers whose service got suspended in mid-billing-cycle just because their total current charges exceeded the "approved" level.
* Sprint at one time stored my debit card information WITHOUT NOTIFYING ME. It was enough to get the FCC breathing down their neck, but they didn't fix it.
* When calling Sprint, the reps are rude and will transfer you without warning.
* Sprint has charged people a fee for calling customer service. I don't know if they still do.
* Sprint has disconnected people who they feel call customer service too much.
I've been with T-Mobile for 13 years now. They have the best data plans, and great service. ...But if it goes Sprint, I...
*Sprint doesnt disco people who call CS too much, troll
Their bill was a $125 or more in arrears. That's how one gets dead beats to get off their arse ...
"Oh HELL no!"
Honestly, I agree with your post to an extent, but the title... wow, the title!!!
I don't know what it is about those words, but they always put me on the defensive!
Sprint waiting until mid 2011 for decision on 4G...
Clear starts acting like a fool, threatens to take its football and go home. Sprint looks for different options. Openly says that it is considering how to approach 4G in the best way for the consumer, which is quickly shaping up to be LTE, probably to get Clear to shape up or shut up. Clear is still adamant about fighting with its major investor, and pretty much the only one left who would still invest. DT sees this as a chance to make its returns from T-Mobile USA explode massively by taking 50% or less of a much larger company than 100% of T-Mobile alone and Sprint sees this as a time where the company would be in charge of the network, no more "Joint Venture" stuff and dealing ...
DT will only invest more money to a point to improve things. But I get the idea that TMO USA is on their own and DT just skims the profits. 😕
I don't get why there having trouble though, TMO (currently) has the fastest most reliable semi 4G, no tiered data pricing, and the metropolitan areas are covered well.
I can't believe a lack of coverage is such a deal breaker.
I will say though the other carriers advertising campaigns have trumped TMO's.
Metro is really building out their network and rolling out LTE. For $60/month (no additional taxes or fees)...
Well, there gos my job :(
The best chance of avoiding a duopoly
T-mobile and Sprint subscribers will gradually bleed off into AT&T and Verizon because they command greater market share and are only growing.
I don't see an immediate technological problem, because dual-band CDMA/GSM phones are already commonplace and it wouldn't be hard (or expensive) to engineer all new phones to be dual technology. The LTE or WiMAX choice seems like a bigger problem than the GSM/CDMA problem. Every handset will get $20 more expensive, but that's pennies compared to the savings realized by the consolidation.
Not a terrible move. Not by a long shot. It would give the new SpriNexTmob the subscriber base and the (high quality) spectrum d...
They simply don't get it
I don't know if this is due to a misunderstanding of the difference between U.S. and European population patterns, but I suspect it does. And, IMHO, partnering with Sprint is about the worst thing they could do,...
Either the execs at T-Mobile or the execs at DT simply don't understand the real reason T-Mobile isn't growing. It isn't because of a lack of bandwidth; it's because they've essentially stopped expanding their cover
Can't wait for the first GSM+CDMA+iDEN phones....
Maybe Sprint will dig up some old IMTS company in the midwest and add that to their handsets too.
Nipping at the heels of AT&T
33.7M @ T-Mobile
83.6M @ SprinTMobile
86.2M @ AT&T
If AT&T loses 3M more they will be #3 lol
I wonder if that would make them rethink their network 🙂
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Dont like the idea
There are problems with this idea...
First and foremost, while there is a cost savings in purchasing power, there is a huge cost period in supporting so many varied networks. GSM, EDGE, HSPA, CDMA2000, EVDO Rev. A, WiMax, iDen (thought hat is going away shortly, the cost of converting its customer base must be added in) and potential LTE is just mind boggling. There is no way a single chip could support all that, so you would loose the combined strength of the currently built networks. Hell, eve...
Raising the process more, will play into the hand...
Hilarious yet ridiculous. You are trying to ensure that there are only two carriers le...
Sprint/Nextel Merge Part 2?